The final in Cairo
6 Mar 2007
Scotland maintained their unbeaten record in the four nations tournament in Cairo by beating Egypt 2-0, and they now face the same side in Thursday`s final.
The Africans, seven places above the Scots in the international rankings, were stunned in only 2 minutes by a well rehearsed Mark Ralph penalty corner strike.
The Egyptians pressed for the equaliser early in the second half, but it was the Scots who looked more likely to score. Stephen Dick almost managed to deceive the goalkeeper while a combined Fergus Dunn and Kenny Bain effort was brilliantly saved on the line by an Egyptian defender. The clincher was not long in coming, a perfect pass from Niall Stott found the unmarked Dick, he sold the goalkeeper a brilliant dummy and rolled the ball into the empty net. In the final minutes only another a last ditch stop by the Egyptian goalkeeper prevented Dunn from adding to the tally.
A delighted manager Eugene Connolly said: ?This was our best performance of the tournament so far, we were fairly comfortable in the end. A good team effort by all with defender Willie Marshall put in his most mature performance in a Scotland shirt.?